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Caterham School 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About Caterham School

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Caterham School is a mixed independent day and boarding school for 11 to 18-year-olds in Caterham, Surrey. The school has been co-educational for over 35 years since it merged with the Eothen School for Girls in 1995. At present, the school cares for approximately 1,000 students.

The original school site in Lewisham was founded in 1811 by Reverend John Townsend and philanthropist William Wilberforce, but since 1884, it has sat in Harestone Valley surrounded by woods. The 200-acre site is only a fifteen-minute walk from Caterham Town, where there is a train station and 20 miles from Central London.

The school’s Latin motto is veritas sine timore, meaning Truth without Fear. They state the school’s purpose as being a ‘commitment to ‘providing the best environment in which all pupils are challenged to be the best they can be and one in which pastoral care and well-being underpin academic, co-curricular and sporting excellence’; they believe in ‘providing an education for life’ where beyond academic achievement, their students develop a ‘passion for learning, a capacity of independent and critical thinking, self-awareness and resilience, self-confidence without arrogance and genuine interests that extend beyond the confines of the classroom’.

Caterham students, or Caterhamians, can access a wide range of facilities such as classrooms, a high ropes course, an outdoor learning centre, a sports field, a swimming pool, a fitness centre, a health centre, classrooms, a science complex, a sports hall, Astro, performing arts centre with theatre, library, digital innovation centre, woodland, common rooms and welcoming houses for boarders. 

Additionally, the school has on offer an outstanding extra-curricular programme, including Duke of Edinburgh (DofE), Combined Cadet Force (CCF), art (e.g. art open studio, 3D, textiles and fashion), sports (e.g. archery, badminton, basketball, chess, dance, gymnastics, hockey, karting, kit car, fencing, judo, taekwondo, table tennis, scuba diving, swimming, running), language (e.g. Chinese, French, Spanish, Greek, Classics), science (e.g. medics, Moncrieff-Jones Society), charity (e.g. amnesty international), technology (e.g. computing, media hub), drama (e.g. LAMDA, school plays), and music clubs (e.g. orchestra, choir), to name a few. 

As for reports and results, Caterham School received the highest grading possible in their most recent May 2019 ISI inspection. In 2023, almost half of all GCSE results were the highest possible Grade 9, 25% of all A Level grades were A*, nearly two out of every three A Level grades were an A or A* grade at A Level, 11 Oxbridge-targeting and 100% of medicine-targeting candidates secured their places.

Caterham School was also named the TES (Times Educational Supplement) Best Independent Senior School 2023 Award, awarded an Innovative Technology-Led Teaching Award in the Muddy Stilettos Best School 2023 Awards, a National Children’s Bureau Well-being Award, an EdTech 50 Award, has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School, and was shortlisted for three categories in the 2021 TES Awards: Well-being Initiative of the Year, Strategic Initiative of the Year, and Creativity Award. 

Key information for 2024 entry to Caterham School at 11 Plus (11+)

  • School type: Mixed independent day and boarding
  • Open days & visitor mornings: click here
  • Registration for day pupils, co-curricular scholarships & financial support application deadline: 6 November 2023
  • Registration portal for day pupils: https://caterham.openapply.eu/apply/forms/65208
  • ISEB Common Pre-Test date: November/December 2023 (at current school if they are able to invigilate), 25 November 2023 (at Caterham School)
  • Interviews: 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 23, and 24 November 2023
  • 11+ exam date: 13 January 2024
  • Co-curricular scholarship assessments: 15 January 2024
  • Decision letters sent out via email: 9 February 2024
  • Acceptance deadline: 5 March 2024 (mid-day)
  • Contact details: 01883343028, [email protected], www.caterhamschool.co.uk, (for boarding application details) [email protected]

Admissions information for 2024 entry to Caterham School at 11 Plus (11+)

For day pupil candidates, registration for 2024 entry is now available on Caterham School’s website till Monday 6 November 2023. Once the deadline has passed for registration, the school will contact you for a reference or school report from your child’s current school.

The deadline for registration is shared with co-curricular scholarship and financial support (bursary) applications. It is important to note that your child will automatically be considered for an academic scholarship based on their performance in their assessments; there is no need for a separate application in this case.

Informal 11+ interviews are held throughout November 2023 (Monday 13, Tuesday 14, Thursday 16, Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Thursday 23, and Friday 24 November) at the school. The goal of these interviews is to help the school get to know your child better through a conversation where they can talk about their interests (e.g. their hobbies and current extracurriculars).

Your child will first sit the ISEB Common Pre-Test at either their current school, if they can invigilate, in November/December or at Caterham School on Saturday 25 November 2023. The ISEB Common Pre-Test is an adaptive online assessment; you must register your child for this assessment. They will only need to sit this test once if your child is applying to multiple Senior Schools.

On Saturday 13 January 2024, the school hosts an EDGE Experience Day, which is when your child will sit their 11+ Entrance Exams. Your child will sit two assessments in a morning or afternoon session in a regular classroom environment as well as take part in unassessed fun, collaborative problem-solving activities. If your child meets the criteria for the school’s Access Arrangements in Entrance Examinations Policy and submits documentary evidence (e.g. Specialist Assessor’s report), they will be eligible for adjustments to the ISEB Common Pre-Test and EDGE Experience Day assessments.

The EDGE Experience Day is then followed by the 11+ Co-curricular Scholarship Assessments on the week of 15 January 2024. Following the exams and interviews, decision letters will be emailed to families on Friday 9 February 2024. If your child is successful, you must accept their offer by Tuesday 5 March 2024, at mid-day.

You can keep an eye out for when the school hosts open days and visitor mornings here; if you are based overseas, contact their Admissions team for help.

How can I register my child for the 11 Plus (11+) exams at Caterham School?

For 2024 day pupil applications, you will need to submit an application form via the school’s website to register here. You will need to upload a passport photo of your child and their latest school report as part of this application.

For boarding applications, contact [email protected]. There is also a new option for younger pupils called Half Weekly Boarding, which you will need to note your interest in through the application form; your child will only spend two or three nights in the boarding community and the rest of the week with their family.

For co-curricular scholarships, you must complete separate applications through the applicant’s admissions account; the school has a variety of scholarships your child can apply to throughout their education at Caterham, including Art & Design, Chess, Dance, Drama, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Music, and Sports. You can contact Assistant Registrar (Day) Sara Chesterman (01833 335085, [email protected]) if you require help with this process.

You will receive updates from the Admissions team after registration has closed with the admissions details you will need to know, and notably, there is no short-listing or screening process before the assessments. 

What is the entrance 11 Plus (11+) exam format at Caterham School?

The school’s 11+ entry assessment is divided into two stages: the ISEB Common Pre-Test and the EDGE Experience Day.

ISEB Common Pre-Test

This is an online adaptive multiple-choice assessment which tests four subject areas:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning

EDGE Experience Day

The EDGE Experience Day will include two entrance assessments, in the form of the following papers:

  • Maths
  • EDGE – writing task, critical thinking problems, and an exercise giving applicants a chance to ‘showcase their innovative thinking and problem-solving skills’.

How to prepare your child for the 11 Plus (11+) Caterham School exam

The most useful way to prepare for Caterham School’s 11+ entrance exam is to use practice tests to familiarise your child with the exam content and format.

These tests can help your child to build their confidence and improve their performance in the exam.

For Caterham School 11+ preparation, we recommend the following packs: 

Caterham School 11+ Practice Tests

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